DIY shell art

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It's kind of ironic that I'm doing this today- we have had bits of snow off and on for the last 24 hours! 
Anyway, this is a project for our master bedroom, which has a beachy theme going on.  
I'm dreaming of some sun and surf! :)

I started out with an oval canvas. 
You can buy these at any craft store- I happened to have this one on hand from a project that was never completed.  It was bright blue, so I painted it a sand color so it wouldn't show through the fabric.

Next, I cut out a piece of Osnaburg.  I use it for a lot of my projects- it has the look of rough linen for a fraction of the cost! It's my favorite. 

With a staple gun, staple the fabric all around the edge.  I didn't worry about doing it on the sides, because it's going to get covered up anyway. Be generous with stapling- not too many bubbles!
Once it's stapled in place, trim away the excess fabric.

Next, I had some extra rope from our rope shelf project.  It was the perfect amount to "frame" the canvas.

Cut the rope so the two edges of the rope just touch.
  (you will need a really sharp knife to cut it- be careful you only cut the rope, and not any of your digits!!)

Next, I used some twine to wrap the edges of the rope for a finished look, and to keep the rope from fraying.  I dabbed a little hot glue onto the rope, and added the end of the twine into the hot glue. Once it had set, I just wrapped it around several times, and did the hot glue on the other end of the twine to finish it and hold it in place.

Once that was done to both ends of the rope, I used some E6000 glue, and went around the edge of the canvas with an even bead of glue. I held it in place for a minute, and then let it sit all night with some cans of paint squishing the sides into the canvas!  :) 

This morning I added the shell, also with the E6000 glue, and once it was in place, I added a big Ziploc of beans to keep even pressure on it while the glue dried.  If you plan to make something like this, be careful not to miss your target- you'll have glue showing on the fabric.  No good.

The shell I used was one of a few I picked up at Goodwill this past fall.  
(that's how long I've been waiting to do this.....) 
I love how it turned out!  
I am super anxious to get going on finishing up our bedroom.  
Just a few more projects and it will be done!

Thanks for letting me share this fun and simple project with you.

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  1. Denise,
    Now this looks like one NIFTY THRIFTY goodie to me...hop over and share this "cool" beachy wall art with us.


  2. I love how that turned out, especially like how you tied the ends of the ropes too. I love the coastal look. Thanks for the tutorial. Kathi

  3. omg the rope frame. i love love love that texture and look.

    new giveaway today!

    smiles to you.


  4. I love it Denise! The rope looks perfect.

  5. Hi Denise, I love what you did, so simple but so pretty!! We have by the beach, so I will saok up some sand and sun for you and send it your way...mkay! :) hope you had a good weekend~ Tara

  6. Goodness, I need to re-read what I type before I hit publish...I meant LIVE by the beach! lol...

  7. Oh that looks great--Nate would love it!

  8. Hi there! Snowy days lend themselves to crafting, don't they? Your shell art looks like a piece from a Pottery Barn catolog! I love it when a creative idea turns out just as wonderful as you imagined! I am really liking the changes to the look of your blog, too! Mine really needs some attention. Stay warm! Take care!
    Best wishes and blessings,

  9. Love it to pieces!! Thanks so much for linking up to Overflowing with Creativity!! Have you entered my giveaway yet?

    XO, Aimee

    Customizable Frames, Signs, Wall Decor


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